Jacob wrestles with God all night and emerges not just wounded and limping, but also wiser and with a new name.
In this new series, More Than Conquerors, we want to consider how God’s people followed him in times of adversity. In Jeremiah 1, what God reveals to Jeremiah about his life and ministry is true not only of Jeremiah but also of us.
The Covid-19 crisis is a reminder of how the world lives in the fear of death and in the grip of uncertainty. We who do not fear death or panic in the face of uncertainty must be prepared to display our certain hope wherever and whenever it is needed.
The Lord allows the events of history to happen. By examining his ways with his people in the past we can gain insight on how we are to respond to our current crisis.
When the angel of the Lord announced to the shepherds the birth of Christ, their circumstances, closeness to the event and the change it brought about gave them a special perspective on this first Christmas.
There is a sense of anticipation for Simeon and Anna as they beheld the infant Christ on his day of dedication in the temple because he was the fulfillment of God's promise both to the world and to them.
This sermon considers the Gospel account of the Annunciation and the Magnificat. Luke’s account presents God’s Word to Mary and her response. God’s Word and God’s call has come to each one of us, just as it came to Mary. Each one of us must respond, just as Mary did. She shows us how to respond: we surrender to God’s calling and we glorify him and rejoice in him.
As a priest in the temple; the father of John the Baptist; the husband of Elizabeth, a relative of Mary; and, like Mary, also a recipient of a visit by the angel Gabriel; Zechariah was given a very unique perspective on the coming of the Messiah.
In 1 Samuel 22, the struggle between Saul and David symbolizes the conflict between the Antichrist and Christ's church revealed in Revelation.
The way in which God was with David when he fled from Saul and subsequently escaped from Achish, the king of Gath, is the same way he is with us and working through his people today.
Hannah shows us a life fully surrendered to God and fully alive to God. She prays, she believes, she acts in faith, and she praises the Lord.